Two exhibits inspired by the beauty of the Georges River Watershed will open on Friday, May 6 at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Nancy Glassman’s show, “My Studio in the Watershed” and George Mason’s “A Year in the Watershed” will kick off with an opening reception on May 6 from 5 to 8 pm.
George Mason of Damariscotta Mills is the 2015 Artist-in-Residence of the partnership between The Georges River Land Trust and the K2 Family Foundation. He has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work is steeped in the exploration of materials and history. A centerpiece of Mason’s work as the artist-in-residence focused on the potentially powerful interface of art and land to help build, confirm, and sustain a sense of community, and to be a voice of encouragement for getting out on the land.
Mason has been a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and was a founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Mason has taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Ohio State, U.C. Boulder, and Haystack. In his home state of Maine, he has shown at The Portland Museum of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, with solo shows at The Farnsworth Museum, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
For the exhibition, painter Nancy Glassman assembled paintings that she has made over the years and spent considerable time outdoors last fall and winter making new work. “I felt inspired to paint a whole lot,” she said, “so I put on some crazy looking outfits and had a blast painting outdoors. I enjoyed going out to spots where I could set up my easel and just paint the water, the movement of the water and the plants along the edge. It was absolutely thrilling.”
Both exhibits will hang until June 4. Caldbeck Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street. Visit http://www.caldbeck.com/ for the latest gallery information.